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How can I visit HTTPS websites in old web browsers?

I'm having trouble accessing HTTPS websites using Netscape Communicator 4.8. This is the error message I get: Is there a way I can configure some sort of proxy that will allow me to access HTTPS ...

internet windows-95 web-browser  
asked by hedgie 36 votes
answered by hedgie 48 votes

What language(s) implements function return value by assigning to the function name

In this Stack Overflow question the original code made the mistake of using the function name as a variable, and assigned the return value to it. A commenter mentioned that he once used a language ...

history programming  
asked by Barmar 28 votes
answered by OmarL 49 votes

Was memory corruption a common problem in large programs written in assembly language?

Memory corruption bugs have always been a common problem in large C programs and projects. It was a problem in 4.3BSD back then, and it's still a problem today. No matter how carefully the program is ...

history assembly bugs  
asked by 比尔盖子 19 votes
answered by Jean-François Fabre 47 votes

Is it still possible to access a BBS via dial up internet on the C64 (or other retro computers)

I was wondering if it is still possible to access any online BBS using dial up and an 80's era computer. I'm aware that some dial up internet providers still exist (eg Nippy Internet in the UK), but ...

commodore-64 internet acorn bbs  
asked by gamer 6 votes
answered by Chenmunka 6 votes

Efficient way to JMP or JSR to an address stored somewhere else?

I'd like to JSR or JMP (preferably JMP as it's 3 cycles cheaper) to an address stored somewhere else in memory, the address of which is itself indexed. I came up with the following self-modifying code ...

asked by Pixel 6 votes
answered by Eight-Bit Guru 16 votes

Documents about timesharing systems, access and resource control and its financials

I delved a bit into the origins of (commercial) timesharing and it seems there have been very interesting computing hardware and software (architectures) which have become relatively unknown but may ...

mainframe network books  
asked by 2080 6 votes

What was the first microprocessor to overlap loads with ALU ops?

Modern out of order CPUs can do all sorts of things in parallel, having not only multiple functional units, but a lot of logic to check at runtime exactly which instructions really depend on others, ...

history cpu microprocessor  
asked by rwallace 6 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Who is credited for the creation of Assembly Language?

The C Programming Language was originally developed by Dennis Ritchie who also co-designed the Unix operating system with which development of the language was closely intertwined. Is there a ...

programming assembly software-development  
asked by jwzumwalt 34 votes
answered by Stephen Kitt 70 votes

Why wasn't ASCII designed with a contiguous alphanumeric character order?

Anyone who has dealt with strings at a low level (e.g., writing a parser in C), knows that doing so tends to involve frequent checks of—either manually, or through isalpha(), isalnum(), etc—whether a ...

programming keyboards ascii design-choices  
asked by Will 69 votes
answered by manassehkatz-Moving 2 Codidact 115 votes

How exactly did Windows become the OS of the home PC?

As far as I understand it, the whole personal computing revolution that Microsoft Windows did was not entirely by its own design. Is it true that the Windows OS at its core was originally designed to ...

history operating-system windows  
asked by Neil Meyer 31 votes
answered by Stephen Kitt 73 votes

Why does the Minus World exist?

In Super Mario Bros. for the NES and Famicom there exists a secret world, accessible by clipping through a wall to the first warp zone and entering the left-most pipe. This pipe will take you to ...

software nes glitches  
asked by wizzwizz4 79 votes
answered by Justine Krejcha 65 votes

Why did post-8008 CPUs not keep the on-chip stack idea?

Ken Shirriff writes in his blog entry about the 8008: The 8008's seven registers are in the upper right. In the lower right is the address stack, which consists of eight 14-bit address words. ...

history cpu  
asked by rwallace 26 votes
answered by cjs 33 votes

What does a Nintendo Game Boy do when turned on without a game cartridge inserted?

When a Nintendo Game Boy is turned on, it displays a logo read from the cartridge (looking like this) before starting the game. What does it display if there's no cartridge inserted from which to read ...

asked by cjs 26 votes
answered by Kaz 33 votes

Did Apple not originally allow anyone to develop software for the Macintosh?

This probably nearly belongs on Skeptics.SE but here goes. Within the last few years I've become an Apple convert for the most part, which occasionally brings me into (usually) good natured conflict ...

software apple-macintosh software-development  
asked by Tom Kidd 66 votes
answered by Brian H 89 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Was There a Release of WMI for Windows NT 4.0 Running on DEC Alpha?

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) was made available as a separate download for Windows NT 4.0 SP4 and above. I know that WMI installs and works great on Intel IA32 (x86) flavors of NT4, ...

windows alpha  
asked by Frank Lesniak 2 votes

Task manager for Mac OS 8/9

Does there exist either an embedded task manager, or a third party task manager for for Mac OS 8/9? So I can: View currently running tasks Kill processes View system load

asked by tabdiukov 3 votes

Macromedia Flash Desktop API / EXE bundler

Sorry if this is too recent, but back when I was first getting into programming in ~2002-2004, there was some Flash/SWF-to-EXE tool that provided ActionScript bindings to Windows desktop APIs. Does ...

asked by Alex Reinking 3 votes
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